Endings

How many books have we all read? Tons, right? How many of those books had those unsatisfying endings? A slightly lower number of tons, I’d say. You know what I mean. The endings where the story just stops without answering anything, the ones where the focus of the last chapter seems to have nothing to do with the rest of the book, the ones where it felt like the author got an angry call from his publisher and decided to throw out the entire rhythm of the story to wrap it up. Well, having just written my first real ending, I’m all sympathy for those authors. Endings are freaking hard!

Just for my education, would you kind people please leave a comment to tell me what you like to see at the end of a story. Happy or sad? Open or wrapped up neatly? Philosophical or simple narrative? Stuff like that. Thanks!